Purple Rain (1984)


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Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women. … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: William Blinn, Albert Magnoli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 23, 2004
Warner Home Video


as The Kid

as Apollonia

as Morris

as Mother

as Beautiful Babe

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as Taste MC

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Critic Reviews for Purple Rain

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6)

It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

worth a rental for the curious and is a keeper for his fans

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Old School Reviews

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Purple Rain--the Citizen Kane of Minnesota movies and a worldwide showcase for the ascendance of its then-26-year-old star into rock 'n' roll eternity.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

...there is so much good music involved...it easily distracts one's mind from the clunky histrionics.

Full Review… | July 21, 2007
Movie Metropolis

The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable

June 23, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Purple Rain

Purple Rain is a surprisingly average musical drama starring Prince. I had heard countless things about this film, and I finally checked it out. Well, it's not a great film by any means, and the film is more famous for its soundtrack, which is quite good. The film has its fair share of faults, but manages to be entertaining due to an interesting performance from Prince. I enjoyed the film, but I felt it could have been better. The songs are obviously the standout aspect about the film, and the plot is a bit cliché as it's something we've seen many times before. Those interested in this genre of film will surely enjoy this one; others will find it not quite enjoyable. By today's standards it's quite dated, but it is a far better film than the remake of Hairspray and Rock of Ages. Some elements on-screen work well, but others don't and you clearly see where the film fails. Purple Rain should have been a great dramatic musical, but it only touches the surface in many ways. In the end, you are left wanting more than just a good soundtrack. Prince has done some stellar work in terms of music, but as an actor, he just isn't cut out for it. At least the songs he has written for the film are memorable, and that's the main reason to see this film. I'm not normally one to enjoy this type of music, I'm more into Heavy metal, but the tunes here are timeless and it is fun to see Prince perform them. The plot could have been reworked a bit as well, but overall this is a good film to watch when you have nothing else better to do.

Alex roy

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Obviously the music and watching Prince perform it is the only good thing about the film.


Prince's live performances are legendary, "Computer Blue" is sick

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Classic stuff.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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